Turkish Military Presence in Africa On the Rise

Uriel Araujo: Turkish president with African leaders during the Second Turkey -Africa forum in 2018. (Photo : courtesy of BRICS Information Portal) This month, over a dozen African nations participated in the two-day Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit in Istanbul, hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Its theme was “Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity”….

Militias Threaten Military Escalation to Postpone the Libyan Elections

Editorial Comment: The Dabaiba government, following orders from Turkey, failed to prepare the security environment for holding elections. Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the Government of National Unity, Najla Al-Manqoush, is in Istanbul today, attending the Turkish-African Summit. – A.V. Libyan political circles described the military escalation that some militias…

Armed Clashes in Sebha: Manufacturing Consent to Postpone Elections

One dead and two wounded in armed clashes in Sebha, southern Libya following clashes between forces affiliated with the Libyan army and others loyal to the Dabaiba government after an attempt to storm the Military Intelligence headquarters. Armed groups are a security dilemma threatening the Libyan elections Sebha (Libya) – The city of Sebha, west…

Libya: The Muslim Brotherhood Escalates Campaign Against Elections

The Brotherhood in Libya escalates against the elections with a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Commission Tripoli – A group of demonstrators affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya began a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in the capital, Tripoli, to demand the postponement of the elections…

Libya: Where Fortune Favors the Corrupt Who Control Wealth and Arms

Protesters Gather in Sebha in Support of Saif Qaddafi, Demanding Free and Fair Elections and an Impartial Judiciary The electoral scene in Libya leaves no room for optimism for a better future in the foreseeable future. The main actors in the course of events are  armed force on the ground, political money, and abuse of…

Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabaiba: Turkey’s Man in Libya

A  statement of the Turkish National Security Council reflected concern about the holding of elections in Libya despite the initial acceptance of the candidacy of Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, who is described as Ankara’s strongman in the country and who has recently gained popularity, which he built by appeasing different components and segments of…

Was America’s Longest War for Opium, Oil and Propping up the Stock Market?

John Potash Soldiers patrol opium fields in Afghanistan. [Source: bbc.com] On September 11, 2001—a day that will live in infamy in U.S. history—hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City and one side of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., which experienced destruction. President George W. Bush’s administration started a war in Afghanistan…

Libya: 1951 Colonial Plan for Three Governing Divisions Moves Closer to Reality

Behind the declared aspirations for the establishment of the federal system is the agenda of parties, lobbies, warlords and individuals who see that their influence in their regional surroundings far exceeds their influence at the national level. December 24th will mark the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the United Kingdom of Libya. The situation…

The Specter of War Looms Over Libya

The Turkish regime still controls the political life in Tripoli, relying on the hordes of forces and mercenaries that it deploys in bases and camps. Analysts fear that the latest issuance of two arrest warrants against the commander of the Libyan army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, is an attempt by the…